Hardneck garlic forms curly stalks called scapes. It is generally recommended that these be removed to allow all the energy to concentrate on the growth of the garlic bulb. If left on the plant, the curly stem forms a seed head. Cutting, or snapping off the scapes when they young provides a wonderful, tender vegetable with a mild garlic flavor. They may be chopped and stir fried, or left whole like asparagus. Or you may use them to make pesto. They may be added to basil pesto, or may replace the basil altogether. Here’s my recipe:
- 2 cups of scapes – you’ll have to chop them some in order to measure.
- 3/4 cup grated parmesan
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 2 T pine nuts
Blend all of the ingredients until smooth, (sometimes I add the pine nuts after blending if I want that crunch) and fold into a pound of cooked, hot pasta. Oh, my! (The recipe may also be used as a dip)
DISCLOSURE: In order for me to pay my blogging expenses, I may receive monetary compensation for my endorsement and/or link to products mentioned on this blog. I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
You’ll Also Enjoy:
Thank you for visiting Learning And Yearning. May "the LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace." Num 6:24-26